Crescent Hill Presbyterian Church
2017 Annual Report: Worship Council
Prepared by Jerry Van Marter
Council members: Gayle Trautwein, Carol Roderick, Rick Roderick, Jerry Van Marter and Ada Asenjo (co-chairs), and Beverly Bartlett-Turner, who came on Worship Council in 2017. Staff: Debbie Dierks, Elisa Owen. Worship Council hopes to add more new members in 2018!
Responsibilities: Worship Council guides the worship and prayer life of the congregation to allow services to flow smoothly and to enable us to praise God in all that we do. Each Sunday, the Council ensures there are persons prepared to preach, lead our music and serve as liturgist. In addition, Council members see that we have greeters and ushers, sound system operators, baptismal water pourers, Joyful Noise leaders (children’s time), nursery volunteers and activity packets for children who stay in worship. In addition, Worship Council oversees the following:
• Communion scheduling, preparation and clean-up
• Prayer chain
• Flowers for worship, liturgical banners and special décor during church seasons
• Special worship services during Lent, Holy Week, Advent and Christmas Eve
• Healing and Peace services every other month
• Worship service and summer picnic at Cedar Ridge Camp
• Inclusion of our Guatemalan partners in our prayers
• Integration of our children and youth into services
• Our attention to environmental, eco-justice issues
• Regular Minutes for Mission to highlight particular ministries and opportunities.
• Training of worship liturgists.
• Combined worship with the French Language Ministry and Anamchara.
• Pastoral transition: Jane Larsen-Wigger’s retirement at the end of September has placed additional responsibility on the Worship Council. Preachers and liturgists were lined up for the month of October until Elisa Owen began work as transitional pastor on November 1. Worship Council took special care to line up experienced liturgists during October and for the first few weeks of Elisa’s pastorate. Jerry Van Marter trained a new cadre of six worship liturgists on September 23.
Worship Council is very pleased with the preaching/worship leadership transition from Jane to Elisa. The Worship Council has spent considerable time with Elisa and we believe that the transition has been very smooth.
We also were fortunate to have heard from an array of guest preachers during 2017 and give thanks for the preaching skills and theological insight they all brought to CHPC worship: Rick Roderick (retiring parish associate), Gary Cook (parish associate), Melanie Hardison (a candidate under our care), Chrissy Westbury (LPTS student), Donna Phillips (seminary intern), Tim McNinch (former seminary intern), Deb Trevino (departing member), Joella Holman (missionary in Cuba/Caribbean), Sterling Morse (GA staff), Mark Barnes (former pastor), Christi Boyd (missionary in Africa), Tom Vandergriff (pastor of Fourth Presbyterian Church), and GENERAL ASSEMBLY CO- MODERATOR DENISE ANDERSON!
• An amazing music program – Debbie led our choir and rejuvenated children’s music program as well as planned a diverse music program to meet the interests of our diverse congregation. Debbie also graced us with her expertise as a pianist and organized/led a number of special programs.
• Excellent administrative support – Patti Marcum did so much to prepare and produce worship bulletins, Westminster Ways, email blasts and reminders, phone calls and countless other tasks. She continues to perform many tasks for Worship Council above and beyond her regular church office duties, for which the council is profoundly grateful.
• Involvement of children – Children are an integral part of CHPC and of its worship life. In October, during the Children’s Sabbath service, the names of children in our church were distributed to members with encouragement to get to know them and their parents. Joyful Noise continues under the sterling leadership of Jen and Paul Thalman-Kepler. Claire Palmer, our nursery coordinator/attendant, continues to do a wonderful job. Responsibility for the nursery has been transferred to Nurture Council.
• Healing and Peace services – Dana Walker faithfully continued to plan these services. An on-going blessing to many, they also attracted new worshippers facing special needs. Services are held every other month on the third Wednesday.
• Worship and environmental justice – CHPC continued to support the Eco-Justice Worship Collective; environmental justice was the primary focus of Earth Day Sunday worship; once again in 2016, Worship Council promoted worship activities that contributed to CHPC’s successful recertification as an Earth Care Congregation.
• Cedar Ridge Camp worship and picnic – Worship Council again in 2017 joined with Nurture Council to sponsor outdoor worship and picnic at Cedar Ridge Camp on Aug. 21. This year, we were particularly blessed to have Jane Larsen-Wigger as our Cedar Ridge preacher.
• Sound system volunteers – Coordination of the sound system on Sundays was handled ably by Shannon Bostrom. New volunteers are always welcomed, particularly with Shannon’s departure to Highland Presbyterian Church to be with Megan. Let us know if you would like training.
• Lent and Holy Week – During Lent, an art group and a separate study group met. We again joined with the French Language ministry and the Anamchara Catholic community for Maundy Thursday service. Hand/foot washing was included.
• Advent/Christmas – A full slate of programs and services highlighted Advent and Christmas this year. With the pastoral transition that occurred just before the start of Advent, no new services or programs were attempted. Of particular significance and meaning was the “Blue Christmas” healing and peace service on Dec. 20. The 5:30 Christmas Eve service again rivaled Easter as the most heavily-attended service of the year.
Help wanted: Worship Council is always looking for volunteers to help fill such roles as greeters, head ushers, communion preparers, sound system operators, and others. Please contact Jerry or Ada if you wish to serve in any of these ways.
Crescent Hill Presbyterian Church
2017 Annual Report: Music
Prepared by Debbie Dierks
Do you have a favorite musical memory about CHPC’s music program that you’d like to share? Think of all the individuals who joyfully share their talents and faith through their music.
Our “new” children’s choir program has taken off with a (good) vengeance. If you step into the choir room, you’ll see our attendance board, and there are 16 children who have become a part of the fun—learning the 10 Commandments through music; singing, laughing, and praying together (sounds a bit like the Adult Choir).
Again, thank you for your support of our church’s music program. If you have any questions, you can speak to God—oops—I mean—me.